Color Theory

In the spirit of this most vibrant of seasons, Cambridge designer Kristin Paton unearths locally available treasures in rich, gorgeous hues.



Lush Glazes and Deep Patinas Complement Spring’s Awakening.

Teapot, $190, soup ladle, $95, sugar bowl, $85 (sold with creamer, not shown), and platter, $350, all by David Changar, Essentia. opposite, from left, soup tureen by David Changar, $285, Essentia; patinaed brass teapot chair by Jim Cole, $9,000, mobilia gallery; french harvest ladder made of fruitwood, $295, european country antiques; late-1800s french handblown wine jugs, $245 each, european country antiques.



Nothing Is More Welcoming Than a Room Accented With Copper and Orange. 

Decoupage lamp by Susan Carson, $1,380, B.Hive; pencil chair by Jennifer Maestre, made of colored pencils and thread, $9,000, Mobilia Gallery; glass-and-silver bowl, $26, Nesting on Main; Cavallini hair-on-hide ottoman, price upon request, Edelman Leather; R. W. Stark Jr. painting, private collection of Kristin Paton (similar works available at the Stark Gallery, starting at $3,600); Hickory Business Furniture settee in all-grain leather, price upon request, Edelman Leather. Opposite, chenille-and-linen pillow by Dransfield & Ross, $250, Essentia; cut-glass decanter, $38, Nesting on Main; English -playing cards, $26, Nesting on Main; square plate, $24, HomeGoods.



 Detailed Wood Textures and Burnished Tones Are Eternally Elegant.

Decorative box made of shell, shagreen (stingray), and palmwood by Ria and Yiouri Augousti, $258, Trove; carved, hoofed side table with gilt detailing, $795, Gerard’s; antique French settee from Marché aux Puces in Paris, upholstered in dragonfly-print silk fabric from Clarence House, $5,000 (fabric not included), Kristin Paton Interiors; woven burlap “grain sack” rug, $75, Nesting on Main. Opposite, handpainted silk panel with crackle lacquer and 22-karat gold-leaf frame by Dessin Fournir, $11,370, the Martin Group; FRENCH HARVEST Ladder, $395, European Country Antiques; handcarved and -handpainted wooden bird from Australia, $440, B.Hive; decorative garden boots made of hand-applied concrete layers in the turn-of-the-century French tradition, $384 for the pair, Janus et Cie; Iris bench with Macassar ebony by Rose Tarlow (shown with leather cushion), $10,110, Webster & Company.



 Cobalt and Indigo Soothe the Senses at Any Time of Day. 

English metal clock FACE with a small drawer through which hands can be wound, $2,895, European Country Antiques; blanket chest from the 1890s, includes a small lidded candle box, $695, European Country Antiques; crinkled-silk fabric, stylist’s own. Opposite, rippled throw, $59, HomeGoods; Thoreau Chair with hand-applied concrete, $1,802, Janus et Cie; handblown crystal lamps by British designer Lucy Cope, $2,995 each, B.Hive.



The Returning Sunshine Calls for a Dash of Yellow.

Brass-accented Striped hammer, made of purpleheart and yellowheart wood, by Sue Aygarn-Kowalski, $1,600, Mobilia Gallery; mouth-blown and hand-engraved Artěl crystal vase by Prague-based designer Karen Feldman, $528, Trove; handcrafted
butter house by Portland-based potter Brian Jones, $165, Essentia. Opposite, Rose Tarlow Tree mirror with antiqued glass in 22-karat gilt frame, $11,400, Webster & Company; sandblasted and handpainted wooden barrel chair by Formations, $4,020, Webster & Company; ocher-glazed French confit pots, designed to preserve duck meat by burying the unfinished bottom in cold earth, $395 each, European Country Antiques; beads, stylist’s own; Striped grosgrain pillow by New York–based Dransfield & Ross, $195, Essentia.

Produced by Rachel Slade
Photographs by Hornick/Rivlin
Styled by Nan Whitney